January 22, 2016

WellNotes: SH101 January

WellNotes for January 2016

Dear L&C Students,

I hope winter break has gone well for you all. We in Wellness Services are back on campus and gearing up for spring term.  As you prepare to return to campus and resume life as a student, there are many things to keep in mind to ensure a safe, healthy and productive spring semester. The January issue of Student Health 101 will help you kick-start 2016 with lots of tools and fresh ideas for optimum health and success! 

We have some exciting wellness related programs and opportunities coming this spring.  Please take a moment and read through the information below.

Support Groups: Wellness Services is offering two support groups for spring, one for disordered eating and one for sexual assault survivors.  Both are accessible from campus, and start in February.  To schedule a screening appointment, please call 503-768-8225.  For information about the groups, contact the Community Counseling Center at 503-768-6320.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: The Counseling Service is sponsoring a class on mindfulness-based stress reduction.  It is a free 8-week program, meeting on Tuesdays January 26-March 15th, 3:30-5:30pm, and Saturday February 27th 10:00am to 5:00pm.  Sign up for an orientation session here:http://tinyurl.com/odmoq57.  Questions?  Contact counsel@lclark.edu.

Sexual Health and Consent Peer Facilitators:  Health Promotion and Wellness is recruiting peer facilitators for fall 2016 PSI sessions on consent and sexual health.  Training will be this spring, starting mid-February.  More information can be found in this month’s Student Health 101, or you can contact me atmosmond@lclark.edu.  Applications are due January 29th.

Cold and Flu Season: Finally, we want to remind you all that colds and flu are common this time of year.  As students (and employees) return to campus, we sometimes bring pathogens with us.  So,

  1. If you haven’t already, get a flu shot to safeguard yourself and those around you.
  2. Cover your cough.
  3. Wash your hands frequently, especially before eating, after coughing/sneezing, after using the restroom, when coming into contact with bodily fluids, etc.
  4. If you have symptoms of the flu, stay home from school or work until symptoms go away, and get plenty of rest.  Email your faculty and/or supervisor that you are ill.
  5. Drink extra liquids, especially water, to prevent dehydration.    

Be Well,

Melissa Osmond